While Fall can have some beautiful days to go boating, it also reminds us that we will shortly be tucking our vessels away for a few months. OK so in northeast Ohio it's more like the better part of half a year. Here are some ideas to keep in mind for extended storage.
- Check your lights and flares. Remove any batteries from portable devices such as an electronic distress device.
- Check to see that your boat’s navigation lights are in working order and spray the connections with some electronic contact cleaner.
- Check to see that your emergency flares are not past their expiration date. You may need to pick up some new flares at a winter boat show.
- Remove your battery if you can and storage in a dry, warm area. Clean the contacts if necessary.
- Check your lifejackets for wear and replace any worn jackets. Give them a good cleaning if you notice any mold or mildew. Again consider replacing them if necessary. Remove them from the boat to avoid any little 4-legged creatures who may decide to use them for nesting materials.
These are just a few suggestions for getting your vessel ready for the winter season. There are many more especially for caring for engines and other mechanical parts. So you in the spring. Next years boating season is only months away.